“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together by good intentions” -Augusten Burroughs. Each and every person always follows after their own desires. Many people have good intentions, but it’s their desires that motivate them to act. In this message, Paul reveals God’s plan for how every believer can fulfill God’s purpose for their life instead of pursuing the desires of the flesh.
I really sense in my spirit that Almighty God is yearning to stir His people. God desires to release an anointing of power and an outpouring of miracles on His body in the 21st century. The church has been without this powerful anointing for too long. But for this power to be released, the hearts of God’s people must be purified and made ready for this out-pouring of God’s Spirit and power. As I was reading in Deuteronomy the other day, I felt the Holy Spirit quicken me to give this word to the church.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
Notice verse 20 says, “You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him.”
It lists these three Keys:
1. Love the Lord your God
2. Obey Him
3. Commit yourself firmly to Him
God was speaking this directly to me by the Spirit, so I encourage you to heed what the Spirit is saying to the body of Christ. If the church is going to be restored to a position of influence and power in the world today, God’s people must commit to return to their first love and purge themselves of all worldliness. The scripture says in 2 Chronicles 16:9, “The eyes of the Lord move back and forth across the entire world, searching for those whose hearts are completely committed to Him in order that He might give strong support to them.”
I truly believe in these last days that God has a remnant of people that He will use to usher in the Kingdom of Heaven. I want to be in that remnant! It is vital for the church to understand that remnant will be those who yield to the LORDSHIP of Christ and who have a pure and contrite heart. I encourage you to seek the Lord this Christmas season and reevaluate your personal commitment to Christ and His gospel of truth. Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? If you are a committed disciple of Christ, you should be fulfilling the great commission found in Matthew 28:18. Jesus commissioned us to go into all the world and make more disciples by teaching them to obey His Gospel.
The hour is drawing near for the second coming of The Son of God. Will He find faithful, committed people? Let it be said of us all, YES!
In this message Paul reveals the awesome power of our words. The scripture reveals that the world was created by God with the spoken word. This message reveals how God has given every believer this same power to exercise God’s authority on the earth. Words inspired by God have incredible power to change the course of our lives.
2 Timothy 2:20-21, “In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”
It says in a wealthy home (The Kingdom of our God) there are many different kinds of vessels (people). There are vessels of clay and wood which are the common everyday vessels that can be found anywhere in the home and then there are the vessels of silver and gold which are vessels that are rare and uncommon. In the scripture we see how God reveals there are levels of use in his house. There are people that have accepted being mediocre; these are the vessels of clay and wood. Maybe you have believed the lie of the enemy that you are destined to be a nobody; you have settled for a life of clay or wood. The enemy has told that you are worthless, ugly, and all alone in life. Maybe you have allowed an attitude of hurt, bitterness or self-pity to hold you back from your potential? I want to encourage you to never listen to that lie. The devil wants to keep you living beneath your potential. God has created you to be a vessel of honor. Keep a good attitude and ask God to help you realize that He created you for His good purpose. Another vessel is made of silver. Silver is a costly and valuable metal. It has been refined and purified for use. It is set aside in the wealthy home for important tasks. It is filled with more expensive drink. Being a vessel of silver requires effort. It requires dealing with your attitudes and emotions. It requires overcoming circumstances and difficulties but it is well worth the effort because it becomes a vessel of honor. Then there is the vessel of gold. I want to encourage you to be like me and go for the gold! I’m not satisfied with being mediocre. I want to reach my full potential! I want to fulfill my intended purpose by becoming a vessel of great honor that God can use.
Make up your mind today that you are unwilling to settle for clay or wood. Determine that you are going to be a vessel of honor. Spend time with God. Read your Bible, meditate on God’s Word, spend time in earnest prayer, serve in your churches, and encourage your friends in the Lord. This is the work of a vessel of honor; a vessel of gold.
Nothing has managed to capture a generation of people like the Star Wars Saga. You can mention it anywhere in the world and it is recognized. It is a great story because it has the basic element of Good versus Evil, with the good guys taking the victory. I have several favorite scenes but one that sticks out is the scene between Yoda and Luke in Episode VI: Return of The Jedi. Yoda has been training Luke to become a Jedi and close to the end they have some dialog that goes like this:
Yoda: No more training do you require. Already know you, that which you need.
Luke: Then I am a Jedi.
Yoda: No. Not yet. One thing remains. Vader. You must confront Vader. Then, only then, a Jedi will you be. And confront him you will.
Vader was Luke’s greatest threat and enemy. If he was to become a Master Jedi one day, he would have to face Vader and win. We all know then end of the story; after an epic light saber battle, Luke did defeat the evil Darth Vader, who his father personified and as a result, returned peace and order to the galaxy. At least until the next episode came out. (Ha-ha) What a great story and incredible battle! So why am I talking to you about Star Wars? Number one, because it’s a great movie and number two, because I want to draw a point from this particular story. Vader was Luke’s most supreme enemy and he had to defeat him to enter his destiny. We also have a supreme and most subtle enemy: Ourselves. Self-mastery must be accomplished if we are to reach our full potential for God and His purposes for us. I recall the scene in Genesis chapter 4:7 where God was cautioning Cain. He said to Cain, “You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” The truth is this: we all have a dark side inside of us that must be subdued and mastered. It is also true that there cannot be mastery of life in any other area until we grow in the art of mastering ourselves. In the Star Wars Saga, Luke and other Jedi like him had to face evil servants of the Emperor called Sith Lords. These dark agents went about the universe doing their master’s bidding. Some of these Sith Lords were Darth Bane, Darth Zannah, Darth Cognus, Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Darth Tyranus, and Darth Vader. The reason I listed all these sith lords is not because I am doing a star wars quiz, but because I see coloration. I am aware of seven dark lords in the realm of our life. These dark lords are Darth Worry, Darth Fear, Darth Anger, Darth Depression, Darth Resentment, Darth Unforgiveness, and Darth Unrepentance. Each of us must face these evil attitudes buried deep inside our hearts and determine that we will overcome them through the power of the cross.
I want to encourage you today to train yourself to recognize ungodly attitudes and then submit yourself to the Master Jesus and allow His power to flow in you and through you. I leave you with one last encouragement, The Lord is with you!
Joining me in this life transforming message entitled, “What Do You Say about Yourself?” You will never rise higher than the image you have of yourself in your mind. God has much to say on the topic and in this message we will look at a handful of Biblical characters and see what God revealed to them. This is a must hear for all believers!
Error does not become Truth because it is widely accepted;
Truth does not become error, even when it stands alone!
Ah yes. The famous quote “Everybody is doing it”.
It is almost comical how we as human beings are constantly trying to justify our sin by measuring ourselves against other human beings who also have the disease of sin. It’s like a leper saying to another leper, “There is nothing wrong with me, for I look just like you”. The scripture makes it clear that is a dangerous thing to measure ourselves by ourselves or to make another human being the standard by which we measure our morality, ethics, and character. When the believer removes the constant reading and meditating of the scripture from his life, he immediately becomes a law unto himself. He replaces God’s Law with cultural and societal law. We become as holy or unholy as those with whom we are acquainted.
-A Distorted Image of the Lord-
In the book of Exodus we see God calling Moses to come up to the top of Mt. Sinai to meet with him. Yet, the rest of the Israelites stayed at the bottom of the mountain and over time, without Moses as their guide, the people went astray. The scripture says, “When Moses failed to come back down the mountain right away, the people went to Aaron.”Look,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. This man Moses, who brought us here from Egypt, has disappeared. We don’t know what has happened to him.” So Aaron said, “Tell your wives and sons and daughters to take off their gold earrings, and then bring them to me.”
Exodus 32:1-2 NLT
So Aaron built the golden calf. “When Aaron saw how excited the people were about it, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD!”
Ex 32:5 NLT
Notice Aaron called the golden calf LORD. So basically what Aaron and the children of Israel did was mold a calf, point at it and say, “Behold Yahweh, the one true GOD”. Notice they didn’t say, “Behold Baal, the one true God.” They called this calf GOD. So here is what happened: they were not blatantly denying God, rather they reduced His glory to the level of the image of this formed calf. They were deceived in their knowledge of Him. And you will notice today that people will acknowledge God and call on Him and worship Him but they gravitate towards fleshly appetites. They profess knowing Him, call on His Name, and believe He approves of their behavior. They fashion a god to fit their desires and lifestyles and call that god, GOD.
This truth is evident; idols in our lives will always take the place that God deserves. Idols serve as your source of happiness, comfort, peace, even your religion.
“You shall not make idols for yourselves”. Lev 26:1 NLT
Be careful who you spend your time with, be careful what you meditate on, and be careful to stay connected to GOD’S WORD.